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Research Associate

San Diego , CA

Order: 227336
Temp - > 30 Hrs

Job Title: Research Associate

Location: San Diego 92121

Pay: $28/hr.

Duration: 6+ months Potential Temp to Hire


Hiring Manager is looking for someone who can:

  • Work with me to define process by which chemical calculations of mass or weight per volume are done

  • Document their searches within our product lifecycle management system for products under assessment

  • Complete the defined calculation process for each product

  • Document all findings in a report to be submitted for review and entered into the PLM system


 Ability to work independently and within teams to make detailed observations, plan, conduct, summarize, report consistently insightful conclusions, and create recommendations.

  • Highly productive/efficient/effective in the lab or on computer

  • Seeks help in prioritization of assigned activities

  • Ability to draw on past experiential knowledge of technologies in developing new technology

  • Consistently and independently includes appropriate controls to anticipate potential problems; understanding and troubleshooting issues.

  • Strong knowledge of a breadth of standard methods used in the department.

  • Takes a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving.

  • Competent or developing competence with some of the following:  Design of Experiment (DOE) methodologies, statistical methods for large dataset analysis (i.e., JMP, etc.), CPM sensitivity analyses, 8D troubleshooting methodology.

  • Familiar and uses systematic problem-solving methods (e.g., 8D) to contribute to teams troubleshooting complex issues to product quality, stability and robustness.

  • Interprets data across multiple experiments.

  • Able to contribute in investigation and resolution of technical problems within project.

  • Can train new hires and RA1/RA2s on new tasks, including scientific concepts behind the tasks

  • Sets standards for excellence -- Establishes criteria and / or work procedures to achieve a high level of quality and productivity.

  • Is an example to others in regards to health and safety in the labs and across campus

  • Can apply insights from previous work to the current project in order to solve problems.

  • Insights may impact next set of steps of R&D.

  • Able to articulate beliefs and ideas in such a manner as to influence next steps of R&D.

  • Plans and prioritizes activities with a week-long vision.

  • Plans and designs a set of experiments to address a question.  Typically plans without assistance, but obtains experiment approvals prior to executing.

  • Learning to identify new & previously unidentified tasks within their project team. 

  • Consistent high quality of execution across experiments of varying complexity and across a broad array of techniques. Foresees issues and works to overcome obstacles to completing tasks or assignments. Conceives of new ways to analyze the data and present it.

  • Providing supporting data on risk and recommendations on risk management in area of responsibility

  • Interfaces with technical vendors effectively.   Provides data and contributes to discussions.

  • Demonstrated ability to achieve goals by performing collaborative experiments with team members across multiple disciplines and with internal customers.



•      Excellent presentation skills.  Actively shares information across project team. 

•      Typically requires BSc/MS with 4+ years of experience

  • Bachelors degree and 3-5 years of experience

Preferred experience:

  • Chemistry or biochemistry background: small molecules, buffers, enzymes, reagent formulation

  • Industry experience with business processes (specifically SAP)

  • Lab experience or equivalent-what I am looking for is a skill that is typically developed in a lab, but this position will likely spend most of the time in front of a computer doing calculations

  • Calculation of molarity, concentration, weight/volume, weight/weight